Applications have started flowing in for a share of our popular annual £10,000 Make It Happen community chest.
This is the 11th year Ragdale Hall has kindly put up the money to help charities and organisations throughout the Melton borough.
Grants of between £200 and £1,000 are typically given out after the judges have decided who should benefit.
l First up this year is an application from the Springfield Circle, a social group for elderly people living in Melton.
More than 20 members meet every Wednesday at the town’s Springfield Community Centre for raffles, quizzes, games of table skittles and refreshments including fish and chip days and barbecues.
Trips out are also made to local attractions, garden centres and the cinema.
The building, which was built in 1989, has recently been repainted inside and new carpets are set to be delivered.
Linda Peters, who founded the group after posting letters through letterboxes, has applied to Make It Happen for cash help.
She said: “We have a nice courtyard but need some tables and chairs to sit outside in good weather.
“Many of our members have little or no garden so it is a good place to share.
“I write in the hope of receiving between £200 and £300 so we can provide some garden furniture for my lovely group.”
l Melton Mowbray Football Club has applied for £800 to pay for new training equipment.
The club has found a new home at the new Melton Sports Village after being denied promotion on two occasions because their facilities weren’t up to scratch at their previous HQ.
Manager Matt Curtis said: “We have recently taken under our wing a very young second team ageing from 16 to 20 to develop football in the area.
“We still need to modernise the equipment to comply with FA rules and have exhausted all of our funds on the new ground and need to buy new training equipment.
“We hope to provide facilities for years to come and set a firm foundation for upcoming youth footballers.”
l We welcome applications for a share of the 2015 Make It Happen fund from any Melton charities and organisations who would like to benefit.